It’s a good idea to assume that most photographs are copyright-protected. The photographer owns the copyright at capture. So, if you find a picture you want to use – check the licensing first.
The process – of finding the right photograph – can be easy if you know where to look.
Free Photographs and Video
Fortunately, many talented photographers offer their images for free. It’s relatively easy to find beautiful, unique, high-resolution photographs for website use. Some photos have special usage requirements such as attribution – so double-check before use. More on that below.
Photography Sites to Get You Started
Unsplash. People, urban, abstract. https://unsplash.com/
Public Domain Archive. http://publicdomainarchive.com
Pixabay. Images and video. https://pixabay.com
Gratisography. Quirky. http://www.gratisography.com/
IM Free. People, tech, food, and more. http://www.imcreator.com/free
New Old Stock. Vintage & historical. https://nos.twnsnd.co/
Picography. Business, people, technology, scenery. http://picography.co/
Refe. Travel, food, lifestyle, technology. http://getrefe.tumblr.com/
Jay Mantri. Environment, nature. http://jaymantri.com/
Superfamous. Nature, travel, abstract. http://superfamous.com/
Morguefile. Images. http://morguefile.com/
Pexels. Photos and video. https://www.pexels.com/
Free Images. Nature. http://www.freeimages.com/
Attribution & Licenses
Two common licenses are:
Creative Commons Zero means that you can use the photos in any way you’d like, without asking permission.
Creative Commons with Attribution means that you can use the photo in any way you want, as long as you credit the photographer.